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Individual Needs Programme (INP) for 2021/22

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We are delighted to announce the opening of the Individual Needs Programme for 2021/22 following budget allocation from The Executive Office. This award is very much welcome and ensures a smooth pathway from last year to this year for recipients of the Individual Needs Programme, and for VSS funded community and voluntary organisations.

The 2021/22 programme will remain largely the same as 2020/21, the only change being the reopening of the Bereaved Self Directed Assistance Scheme to individuals who were not registered with VSS before 01 April 2017 and were therefore unable to access these payments. This will expand the scheme and ensure that anybody who was unable to receive these annual payments will now receive a payment from April 2021 onwards.

Existing clients registered with the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) by 31st March 2017 will be eligible for the following awards as part this year’s Individual Needs Programme 2021/22:

  • A £500 Self Directed Assistance Payment for all eligible clients
  • A £500 Additional Needs Payment to:
    • Those who are bereaved of a spouse / partner or both parents as a direct result of the Troubles/conflict
    • Those identified as Seriously Injured under the 2016/17 programme criteria
  • Full access to services and support to meet their Health & Wellbeing needs in terms of Persistent Pain, Disability Support, Education and Training, Psychological Therapies, Trauma Focused Physical Activity, Social Isolation, Volunteering & Carer Respite.

For individuals who came forward from 1st April 2017 onwards and are not eligible for the recently reopened Bereaved Self Directed Assistance Scheme, it remains the case that they will receive:

 Full access to services and support to meet their particular Health & Wellbeing needs in relation to Persistent Pain, Disability Support, Education and Training, Psychological Therapies, Trauma Focused Physical Activity, Social Isolation, Volunteering & Carer Respite.

 Payments by Cheque and BACS

In previous years, most payments have been made by cheque.

More recently, VSS has focussed on improving how payments are accessed and received by working with victims and survivors to enable payments to be made more efficiently and safely using electronic transfer.

If you wish to find out more information about our services, please contact us on 028 90 279100 or email enquiries@vssni.org

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